Thursday, March 31, 2011

Can you see him?

It's been a rough week around here. Mostly, it's been my fault. I'm reading a new parenting book and am attempting to implement the rules. (I HATE parenting books, by the way, and the examples in this one are ridiculous, but I'm commited at this point.) We are also "Eating around the states," which means Little Elvis picks states at the beginning of the week and I try to prepare meals to go with each state. This worked fairly well with countries (he loved Italy and Mexico and France) but my state food selections are not appealing to him at all. Of course, the only food that appeals to him is grilled cheese with white cheese (mozzarella.) There have been several stand-offs and fits pitched over the new rules and weird food. On the plus side, Baby Plum loves potato lasagna (Idaho) and Colonial congealed salad (Massachusetts.) The Texas omelets weren't a hit with either boy.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


More differences between our brothers. Little Elvis is not a real sports fan. He'll throw a ball with you once or twice and be done with it. He's getting better about it, though. Baby Plum? He loves to throw balls, and last week Bob showed him how to use the golf club.

"You mean it's not just a really big drumstick?"

He's had a big time hitting the ball all over the house. He still loves banging the club on the floor, though. In fact, he loved that so much that he banged the bottom off of the club.

I'm not sure if it's fixable or not.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Superdog is here!

I know lots of little boys are into superheroes. They like Spiderman or Batman. Little Elvis likes Superdog.

Who is Superdog? He's a character Little Elvis created that's heavily based on UnderDog. He flies and likes to swim with the fishes at PetSmart. Superdog has lots of favorite songs. "Low Rider" used to be Superdog's song. I think it might be "Get Off of my Cloud" at the moment.

I made Little Elvis a cape for his birthday and last weekend, Bob made him a t-shirt. He loves them both. So much that he actually smiled for the camera. (See sweet Baby Plum in the corner? He doesn't have a t-shirt yet. I'll need to find him a plain one.)
This is the best shot I could get of the back of his cape. The material was leftover from a shirt that I made for Bob last year. Little Elvis is trying to help Wally in this picture. Why?
Because Wally was wearing a shirt and not sure what to do about it. Little Elvis wanted us to make shirts for Wally and Slappy, too. We told him they wouldn't like superhero shirts. He wouldn't listen, so I put Baby Plum's nightshirt on Wally. Big mistake. Wally's our lazy, go with the flow cat. He just wandered around waiting for one of us to de-shirt him.

We put the shirt on Slappy as well, and got a much more cat-like reaction. She ran out of it immediately.

Little Elvis wants the cats to be Superdog's sidekicks, just in case you were wondering why they needed shirts.

When we shake hands at church, Little Elvis has been saying, "Superdog, at your service." He'll also say, "There's no need to fear, Superdog is here."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sharing the spotlight

It's interesting how the boys' interests are diverging. I guess the better way to say that is that it's interesting how Baby Plum is following different paths from Little Elvis.

I always hear how different siblings can be and just finished reading a book on birth order. So, this is not really a surprise.

But it's interesting. Especially in the ways they are diverging and not diverging.

Baby Plum still adores music. In fact, he seems to like it more every day. He's almost 18 months old. This was the age when Little Elvis began bawling whenever someone sang "Happy Birthday" and whenever songs stopped on the radio. (So glad that's over.)

On Saturday night, we joined several other family members at my grandmother's house. The boys were the only kids there. Little Elvis sang his church solo, and then Baby Plum began a little impromptu dance performance for everyone. The more applause he got, the more steps he broke out -- which was surprising for the baby that I thought was shy.

He bounced, clapped, raised the roof, did twinkle hands, twisted, spun in a circle, and tried to tap his foot to the beat. This child is already a better dancer than I am.

Little Elvis was not a dancer as a baby. He never bounced, or clapped to the beat. Most likely because of his sensory issues with music.

While Little Elvis was not a fan of music at 18 months, he does like music now. At least, he usually does. He gets frustrated when Baby Plum turns on all of his musical toys at the same time, or plays one continuously. Little Elvis has been known to turn off the musical toys while Baby Plum is still playing with them.

I guess he thinks Baby Plums screams are better than another round of "The Wheels on the Bus." It's understandable.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A camping we will go

It's been Spring Break around here, and we all really enjoyed having Daddy home. Even though Baby Plum had an ear infection and Little Elvis had strep throat, we still managed to have fun.

It helped that the weather was just beautiful for most of the week. It rained all day on Monday, but we still managed to have a good time at a local car dealership. It's so great that both boys love cars.

On Thursday night, Daddy and Little Elvis camped out in the backyard.
We grilled hamburgers, and Bob built a little fire. But it didn't get big enough to do marshmallows. Then they headed for the tent.

And the great outdoors worked great wonders. Bob said they both went to sleep immediately.
And they didn't wake up until Baby Plum and I roused them the next morning.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's mop time!

I set the mop out the other day, as a reminder to myself to mop once the boys were in bed. Instead, Little Elvis saw my reminder and decided to do that chore for me.

It's his first time mopping, so he didn't think to pick up the letter magnets his brother had strewn all over the floor. Instead, he mopped around them. He IS learning something from me, even if it is bad housekeeping skills.

Funny Little Elvis story. He's also inherited my innate ability to mishear song lyrics.

My mom often sings a little song to Baby Plum called "Little Brown Jug." It goes "Ha, ha, ha, you and me, little brown jug how I love thee." (I asked if this was about liquor and she rolled her eyes at me.) Little Elvis likes to sing this song. He sings, "Ha, ha, ha, you and me, little brown jug how I love me."

He was singing "Bringing home a baby bumblebee" to me the other day. I like his version: "I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee. All the mothers will give me a treat."

And in his church choir they were learning "I have decided to follow Jesus." He thinks it's "I hope you sign up to follow Jesus."

He's a funny little guy. And I'm liking this newfound interest in mopping.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Baby Plum moves up

Baby Plum and I were super early to pick up Little Elvis at preschool the other day. Baby Plum was NOT going to remain in his carseat for that long.
So, I brought him up with me. He had LOTS of fun!
While he enjoyed being up front, he's not like his brother. Little Elvis wanted to hold the steering wheel and push the Hazard button. Baby Plum immediately went for the door handle and almost had the door open. He also had fun changing the radio station.

What a sweet, sweet baby.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

PJ Campout party

Our church had a PJ/campout/movie night on Friday. Little Elvis was beyond excited. He got to take his sleeping bag and Woody with his sleeping bag. He also got to eat popcorn, pizza and drink soda! He also got to watch Despicable Me, which he seemed to like. Baby Plum dressed up too, and also enjoyed the pizza. Instead of watching the movie, he and Daddy played in the nursery with other daddies and babies.

We had lots of fun, and it was nice for the boys to have something fun to look forward to on a Friday.

Monday, March 07, 2011

First solo accomplished

Little Elvis' first solo went off pretty well this Sunday. He sang his two lines and did a good job. (I got video of the whole group singing, so I can't post it unless I figure out how to blur the other kids.)

Yes, he went up to perform without his shoes on. Yes, he stuck both hands in the back of his pants for most of the performance. Yes, he then decided to bare his belly.

He was by far the most entertaining child. At least according to his 5 person cheering section -- Mommy, Daddy, Gram, Coachpa and Baby Plum.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Our library had a special story time today. It honored Dr. Seuss! Since Little Elvis was the Cat in the Hat for Halloween, we pulled out his costume. And Baby Plum rocked the blue clown wig I found on sale right after Halloween, along with one of his brother's turtlenecks.
Here they are before going to the party.
Little Elvis tried to help me keep Baby Plum's wig on.
One of the kids at the party asked me where Thing 1 was. I didn't have an answer.
Isn't one enough?

As soon as we got there, Little Elvis plopped himself down in the middle of a daycare class. He usually does this. But I'm usually able to find a closer seat to him. The party was packed and the teachers had filled up all the seats close to that class. Baby Plum and I headed for the back of the room and I fed him his little piece of cake. Once he was done, I looked over and Little Elvis was bawling. Poor baby looked up and couldn't find anyone that he knew. I had to lug Baby Plum through a sea of kids to get to my bawling big boy, and then maneuver all of us back through the kids.

We still had a really fun time.